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Giant City School district using Centerstone grant to continue the emotional healing, from the pandemic.

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School kids are still coping with the emotional turmoil caused by the COVID-19 Pandemic.

While the economy is recovering from the pandemic, many schools are still dealing with the emotional toll caused by the upheaval. But, the Giant City School District will be able to add to their resources, to help students, staff and families cope. Principal and Superintendent Belinda Hill says a multi thousand dollar grant from Centerstone will establish a special coping curriculum.

"It will be something that will supplement our regular classroom teaching, but also our physical education so that we can address some of those social and emotional needs as we move forward. We will be able to hire a social worker to support our staff, and our students as we go forward."

220 students are enrolled in pre-K through 8th grade at the Giant City school district, and you can hear more with our conversation with Hill this Friday on InFocus.

Born in Newport, Rhode Island to a military family, Kevin Boucher traveled the country and the world at a young age before his family settled in Murphysboro, Illinois in 1976. He earned a Bachelor's degree in Radio-Television at Southern Illinois University (SIU) in Carbondale and worked in commercial radio before becoming the Traffic Manager at WSIU Public Television. Boucher has since earned a Master's degree in Professional Media & Media Management Studies from SIU's College of Mass Communication & Media Arts. He is an outdoor enthusiast who enjoys gardening and exploring the flora and fauna of the Shawnee National Forest and other beautiful natural areas across southern Illinois. Kevin is embarking on a new path with WSIU as the Community Engagement Producer for WSIU Radio. Look for Kevin's work on air and on line.
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